CONNECTION MASSAGE CODE OF ETHICS All Massage Therapists and employees with Connection Massage hereby pledge to abide by the following: Client Relationships Endeavor to serve the best interests of clients at all times and to provide the highest quality service possible. Maintain clear and honest communications with clients and keep client communications confidential. Acknowledge the limitations of skills and, when necessary, refer clients to the appropriate qualified health care professional. Shall in no way instigate or tolerate any kind of sexual advance while acting in the capacity of a massage therapist. Professionalism Maintain the highest standards of professional conduct and provide services in an ethical and professional manner in relation to clientele, business associates, health care professionals, and the general public. Respect the rights of all ethical practitioners and cooperate with all health care professionals in a friendly and professional manner. Refrain from the use of any mind-altering drugs, alcohol, or intoxicants prior to or during professional sessions. Always dress in a professional manner, proper dress being defined as attire suitable and consistent with accepted business and professional practice. Shall not be affiliated with or employed by any business that utilizes any form of sexual suggestiveness or explicit sexuality in its advertising or promotion of services, or in the actual practice of its services. Scope of Practice / Appropriate Techniques Shall not employ massage techniques for which therapists have not had adequate training and shall represent education, training, qualifications, and abilities honestly. Shall be conscious of the intent of the services provided and shall be aware of and practice good judgment regarding the application of massage techniques utilized. Shall not perform manipulations or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, diagnose, prescribe or provide any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy, podiatry, orthopedics, psychotherapy, acupuncture, dermatology, cosmetology, or any other profession or branch of medicine unless specifically licensed to do so. Shall be thoroughly educated and understand the physiological effects of the specific massage techniques utilized in order to determine whether such application is contraindicated and/or to determine the most beneficial techniques to apply to a given individual. Therapists shall not apply massage techniques in those cases where they may be contraindicated without a written referral from the client's primary care provider. Image / Advertising Claims Shall strive to project a professional image for the therapist, the business, and the profession in general. Shall actively participate in educating the public regarding the actual benefits of massage therapy. Shall practice honesty in advertising, promote services ethically and in good taste, and practice and/or advertise only those techniques for which therapists have received adequate training and/or certification. Therapists shall not make false claims regarding the potential benefits of the techniques rendered.
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